Winter and Spring Movie Preview: The 7 Best Films Coming Out Soon

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Grab the popcorn and get ready for these big-screen blockbusters.

There’s nothing quite like a great movie to give you some much-needed escapism from the stresses of work, family, and everything else you’re balancing. And if you’ve already run through the feel-good movies on Netflix or gobbled up our favorite book-to-film adaptations, you’re probably looking for something new. Luckily, there’s a slew of great movies coming out in the next few months to freshen up your watch list.

Whether you’re looking for something to screen with the family, an absolutely absurd dark comedy, or the final installment in an over-the-top action franchise, we’ve got you covered with some of the most-anticipated releases scheduled for this season. No matter your favorite genre, at least a couple of these titles will be the perfect opportunity to get to the theater for some show-stopping fun.

7 Best New Movies Coming Out Winter and Spring 2023

Magic Mike’s Last Dance (Feb. 10)

If you’ve followed Channing Tatum’s Mike Lane since he burst onto cinema screens in 2012, you can’t miss this latest (and final?) installment in the saga. After a big business deal goes belly up, Mike finds himself back in the Floridian working class grind. Since there’s never a dull moment in this man’s life, however, he’s soon scooped up by a glamorous socialite (Salma Hayek). She whisks him away to London, then reveals she has a secret agenda — which includes a brand new roster of dancers that Mike must train. Drama, laughs, and dance sequences are guaranteed.

Cocaine Bear (Feb. 24)

Here’s a pick that best suits a silly mood. In 1985, a drug runner’s plane crashed and dropped a large bundle of cocaine into the woods and an unfortunate black bear subsequently ate the drugs. This very real story was just so odd that now we get to watch a movie about it: The film follows a ragtag group of cops, criminals, tourists, and teens converging in a Georgia forest where the bear is rampaging. The premise sounds insane (because it is), but the cast is star-studded (it was Ray Liotta’s last completed film) and the trailer is hilarious enough to get even the most derisive viewer pumped.

John Wick: Chapter 4 (March 24)

This one’s for the action lovers: John Wick is an outlandish franchise known for tightly choreographed fight scenes and near-campy twists and turns. Keanu Reeves stars as a former hitman who returns to the criminal underworld to exact revenge — which sets off a chain of increasingly villainous and cruel adversaries coming out of the woodwork. Oh, and keep in mind that even if you’re not an action fan, you can always send your action-happy loved ones out to the theaters so that you can enjoy some peace and quiet.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (April 7)

If you’re seeking new movies to enjoy with kids or grandkids, this new Super Mario adventure should fit the bill. Chris Pratt voices the iconic Brooklyn plumber, Mario, who travels through an underground labyrinth with his brother, Luigi, trying to save a captured princess. If you’re unfamiliar, the video game franchise is known for cute characters who are blissfully un-annoying, so even if you’re tagging along with little ones you’ll get into the world easily.

Renfield (April 14)

If you live for modern takes on old classics, you’ll have to check out this funny exploration Bram Stoker’s Dracula. In the present day, Dracula’s longtime servant, Renfield, has had enough. After centuries of doing Count Dracula’s darkest bidding, Renfield attempts to unravel himself from this “toxic relationship” — which results in surprisingly fresh comedy about codependency. And if you needed any convincing, Nicholas Cage plays Dracula and is predictably perfect for the role.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 (May 5)

As spring veers into very early summer, rest assured that Marvel will start rolling out its usual round of fresh blockbusters. This franchise has proved itself to be a family favorite that appeals to adults as much kids, so it’s a great way to start off your summer viewing. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) is still trying to process the loss of a missing team member, but it turns out that the team’s drama won’t wait for him to mourn. Amid their stress, Peter and his fellow guardians have to get it together to save the universe again.

The Little Mermaid (May 26)

Odds are you’ve seen this trailer — after all, it launched scores of reaction videos, infinite hot takes, and all other forms of Disney discourse. In case you live under a rock (or under the sea?) Halle Bailey stars as Ariel, a precocious young mermaid who longs for adventure. Jacob Tremblay, Awkwafina, Javier Bardem, and Melissa McCarthy all voice iconic characters both underwater and on land. Your kids or grandkids will want to be first in line, but even if you’re just tagging along, you’ll end up falling in love, too.